By Melissa Chikumba / Eugene Gumede
Salvation Army has partnered with government on the pfumvudza concept which is aimed at climate proofing agriculture by adopting conservation farming techniques.
Speaking in Chiwundura last week where Salvation Army is rolling out the project Community Development Secretary
Captain Farai Jarai said the move is aimed at complementing government efforts in achieving food security in the country where small scale farmers will be able to sustain themselves.
“We are complementing government’s efforts of not only attaining vision 2030 but also ensuring food security. We are working closely with the government on the program,” Jarai said.
Salvation Army Program rolled out the program last year and it is expected to run for 3 years targeting 12 Districts across the country.
In Midlands the is church is working in Chiwundura district it has since rolled out similar projects in Manicaland, Mashonaland West and Mashonaland East.
“We target the most vulnerable in the community that includes widows, the elderly ,orphans so that we teach them how to increase yields and give them starter packs.
“Salvation Army is funding these projects with support from funding partners and local contributions to compliment government support,” he said.
They are targeting to train and assist 1000 people for 3 years.
“We can safely say the project is a success when we evaluated the results that we have found so far ,”said Jarai.
Pfumvudza is a program which have been rolled out on the national level.
It involves the utilisation of small scale pieces of land and applying correct agronomic practices.
The technique was introduced by government to boost agricultural productivity, guarantee food self sufficiency and commercialize smallholder farmers.
The concept will be applied to maize, traditional grains and soya beans.
Pfumvudza is one of the concepts under the Agricultural Recovery plan spearheaded by government to improve food production.
The program will see 1, 8 million households participating in the program to grow two plots measuring 30 by 16 m each.
From the two plots, a farmer is expected to harvest a tonne of maize where half of the harvest will go towards household food security while the remainder goes towards the strengthening of the Strategic Grain Reserves.